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{{11}}riddle (n.) "A word game ot joke, comprising a question or statement couched in deliberately puzzling terms, propounded for solving by the hearer/reader using clues embedded within that wording" [Oxford Dictionary of English Folklore], O.E. rædels "opinion, riddle, counsel, conjecture," from P.Gmc. *rædislijan (Cf. O.S. radisli, M.Du. raetsel, Du. raadsel, O.H.G. radisle, Ger. Rätsel "riddle"). Related to O.E. rædan "to advise, counsel, read, guess" (see READ (Cf. read)).
{{12}}riddle (v.) "perforate with many holes," 1817 (implied in riddled), earlier "sift" (early 13c.), from M.E. ridelle "coarse sieve," from late O.E. hriddel "sieve," altered by dissimilation from O.E. hridder "sieve," from P.Gmc. *khridan (Cf. Ger. Reiter), from *khrid- "shake" (Cf. O.N. hreinn, O.H.G. hreini, Goth. hrains "clean, pure"); probably from same PIE root as L. cribrum "sieve, riddle," Gk. krinein "to separate, distinguish, decide" (see CRISIS (Cf. crisis)).

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